Sunday, 17 February 2013
Ayup, in this blog I'm going to show you all the seeds, sets & spuds I've been sowing planting and chitting in readiness for the growing season. I've had go at all sorts of things but I'm trying to keep it to things me and the family like to eat. In all fairness I may be a little early with a few things but I'm lucky enough that i can keep most things in the conservatory until its warm enough put them out and it keeps me motivated to get the plot in shape quick sharp!
The first thing which I started around Christmas time were the Onions and Garlic both of which are good for over wintering. The Onions came in sets and the Garlic in bulbs which you break down in to its individual cloves. both are super easy to do 20 mins and your done.
|Ayup, we had a big day this weekend with the ceremonial burning of the old shed. out with the old and in with the new was the cry. But rest assured I will be returning its ashes to the soil from whens they came.|
This is what we were face with in the morning of course we shifted the asbestos straight away then set to work.
First of me and Matthew went down it the morning at around 09:00 to get it started as I'd already built it it was just a case of scrunching up a load of old newspaper and stuffing it in all the nooks and crannies and letting it go, a job which Matthew reveled in of course.
|Matthew extremely proud of his work.|
|We also changed the middle bed slightly so that the path runs through in a bit of a dogleg (Matthews idea) but i do think it looks great another little bit of character and it'll be far better for the kids. You can also see in this pic just how good that compost looks. I never thought I'd ever be this excited about soil!|
You can also see the railway sleepers which the old shed was sat on I'm still a little undecided what I'm going to do with them? I was thinking if I got a green house I could use them to build it on giving me some more height and a good base which to level ?
Lydia came down just in time to go and get us all some hard earned refreshments giving us chance for a wholesome "family snap"
|"Looking good" You can also see that I moved the 5 large planters to the front of the shed and we trimmed of the ends of the big bed in the bottom left of the picture.|
|So this is how we left it the old shed all but gone, two beds full of Yorkshires finest compost, the door on, a broken wheelbarrow, odd jobs done & a head full of ideas about what to do with the big space that's left and a DIY poly tunnel.|
That's all for now. Cheers Chris.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Now then today has been a big old milestone seen as I manage to get a bonus day on the plot yesterday because the snow didn't arrive until dinnertime. Along with that as I got there so early I managed to collar the lady who brings her horse manure down to the site and she kindly put the full load on my plot Kerching!! before you start thinking that's just greedy its first come first serve and she delivers twice a week, it happens regularly and I just managed to get in first this time.
|"The mother load" apparently all the guys swear by this stuff cos of its really high muck content. Instead of straw the farmers use chipped cardboard as its more absorbent and takes up less space.|
|The two new Beds. The far one did get properly double dug and all that grass removed|
|The two new beds with there "poo blankets" on before the afternoons snow fall.|
Removing the "Horrid Old Shed"
So as that was a massive bonus and has saved me loads of time I decided to spend this morning tackling the "Horrid Old Shed" which is something I've been putting off for a long while dew to the weather among other things. But today was the day.
Monday, 11 February 2013
Ayup, I'd just like to post about the journey so far that way everything I do from now on is up to date and you get to see what I've managed to do so far. The initial blog shows you what the plot looked like when we took it on, basically scrub land it had been left to its own devices for over a year.
The plot after our first week of cutting back and strimming, I'd also managed to double dig a patch about 4 meters square.
After the shed build one of the first things I did was decide that I was going to use raised beds wherever possible as they are easier to maintain and much more child friendly as it should stop the kids running over everything. I could also knock a small one up just for them to plant things in. After a lot of asking and searching for the right materials ( by that I mean free or a mega bargain ) I came across these.
An absolute bargain @ £2 each.
|purchased from a local farm shop there 8ft x 9 inches and 3 inches thick|
The construction couldn't be easier either some big screws or nails do the job. They're nice and heavy so there not going to warp or twist and as its treated timber it should last a god long time. So then with just one cut I have a bit of variation in what type of bed I end up with an 8x8 square, 8x8 split down the middle, 8x4 rectangle or one which I'm working on at the minute is going to be a long 24x4. It couldn't be easier.
|Then I managed to get my hands on a load of this "Black Gold"|
And it was god stuff too full of life loads of bugs and worms, i couldn't believe how much was going on in such a small space.
I had already started off my onion sets and garlic so it was easy enough to transfer them to their new home.
|So this is pretty much what it looked like after my first planting session i was really pleased with the results doing a little bit at a time just concentrating on one or two beds and making sure i get those finished before i move on has worked for me. there's a real satisfaction when i get one finished and it motivates me to crack on with the next one.|
Another one of the beds I have decided to dedicate to strawberry's and rhubarb (which is under the manure). Half the bed is currently common garden strawberry's and my plan is to fill the other half with the white alpine variety.
|It wasn't long before we had a few visitors to the plot.|
|So a quick fix has been set up to keep the little nibblers at bay. It'll do until I get a chance to knock up some proper cloches.|
Just lately I've been concentrating on building more new beds as the spring will soon be upon us. In the picture above I will cutting a board down to fill in the two small gaps either side of the central bed. this to minimizes the number of boards i have to use and cuts down on the amount of space dedicated to path! When this ones complete I'm thinking i may keep it as a big square and use it as my potato patch.
Just the other day i decided to start another new bed which I've split down the middle one half of which I'm hoping will be for the asparagus which I've just set off from seed. from what I've read up on it likes good free draining soil and benefits from a deep bed. As you can see from pics of the original plot it was covered in thick grass and even though its been covered over for month the sub soil was a mesh of thick roots.
But soon enough with a bit of hard graft they were gone and i got down and turned all the soil over a good spit and a half deep, you can see the bed now looks half full and i haven't added anything that's just loosening it all up and airing the soil. As with these raised beds the idea is I never have to walk on them thus keeping the ground as loose and friable as I can.
Then with a little more manure before the snow its almost there I've just to get my hands on a few bags of compost now to finish off.
The plot from a different angle showing just how much there is still to do.
|The builders had thrown over a few more pallets so i took the opertunity to begin a new fence which in the long run should help keep the " waskily wabits " at bay.|
|The aria which i have left covered over and the space taken up by the old shed I'm hoping will soon be the home of my future DIY Poly tunnel, I'm going to need a little more help for this project though so I may have to wait until the days are longer and warmer before I can entice my little helpers down.|
Well that's roughly were I'm up to now just looking forward to getting some things in the ground. My next post will be about the things which I've got going already @ home I'll show you what seeds I've purchased so far and how there getting on As usual there'll be loads of pics. ( and maybe more manure video's ? )